The Scout Law: The Scout Promise:
A Scout is On my honour:
helpful and trustworthy, I promise that I will do my best;
kind and cheerful, To do my duty to God and the Queen;
considerate and clean, and To help other people at all times, and
wise in the use of all resources. To carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.
The Scout Motto: The Scout Slogan:
“Be Prepared” “Do a good turn daily”
Becoming a Scout:
The rules of Scouting are found in the Promise,
Law, Motto, and Slogan.
New members must understand
these basic rules to become Scouts.
New Scouts need to know, and understand three
1. Scout Promise and Law,
2. Scout Motto and Slogan,
3. Scout Handshake, Salute, and Sign,
and the reasons Scouts use them.
New Scouts also must take part in at least
one Scout activity.
When new members learn and accomplish these
four things, they’re ready to be invested as Scouts.
Traditions in any organization give it uniqueness,
mystery and strength. Some of today’s Scout traditions
are based on B.-P.’s experiences as a military
officer and his service in South Africa. Tradition is
a present-day link to the past and a way for our
members to identify with others in the Movement.
Scouting has three basic traditions: the Scout
Salute, the Scout Sign, and the Scout Handshake.
The Scout Salute:
Hold together the three middle fingers of the right
hand and touch together the thumb and little finger.
With palm facing the front, bring up the hand
smartly to the head until the forefinger touches
the forehead. Bring down the hand to the side.
Sea Scouts use the same hand position, but
salute with the palm down.
Make the Scout Salute only when in full uniform.
It’s a sign of respect, courtesy and friendliness.
The Scout Sign:
The right hand position is the same as for the
salute: three fingers up, thumb and little finger
touching, and palm out. Begin as with the salute,
but hold the hand straight up beside the head.
The three upright fingers represent the three
parts of the Scout Promise: doing your best; doing
your duty to God, Queen, and other people; and
carrying out the spirit of the Scout Law. The
thumb and little finger meet to represent
Scouting’s ties in friendship.
Scouts use the Scout Sign:
• at all investiture ceremonies,
• any time the Promise is recited, and
• when out of uniform.
The Scout Handshake:
Scouts shake with the
left hand as a sign of brotherhood
and trust. B.-P. took the idea
from an African story about two feuding
tribes whose raids and battles were destroying
During a futile confrontation between warriors
equally matched in battle skills and bravery, one
of the chiefs spotted the other. Signalling his warriors
to stay behind, he dropped his weapon and
walked toward the rival chief. As he approached,
he also dropped the shield that protected his heart
from enemy spears. He then held out his now free
left hand to his rival as a sign of friendship and
trust. The gesture brought together the tribes for
talks; it helped to end the wars between them.
Some troops also develop unique traditions arising
from events experienced by their members.
Wisely used, traditions based on good taste and
Scouting’s Principles can strengthen the ties that
bind the troop or patrol together.
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin
Scouting Basics Resources:
The Baden-Powell Story (old-fashioned graphic novel format): The Baden-Powell Story
The Scout Law & Promise (pocket-size): The Scout Law & Promise
Scout Badge Requirements (Log-in to our page here): Scouts-Badges Website
Scouting Internet Resources:
Scouts Canada Main Wiki Page: http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Main_Page
Scouts Canada “Scouts” Wiki Page: http://www.wiki.scouts.ca/en/Scouts
“When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.”
Food for Thought….
Photograph by Team Romero, AP
Feat: Reaching the summit of Everest at 13, becoming the youngest to stand atop the rooftop of the world
On May 22, 2010, 13-year-old American Jordan Romero stepped onto the 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) summit of Mount Everest, becoming the youngest person to reach the highest point on the planet. Climbing from the north side of the mountain, he became an inspiration for young and old alike, but for the kid from California it was just one more step toward his ultimate goal: to become the youngest to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, collectively known as the Seven Summits. This fall, Romero will travel to Antarctica to complete his quest by climbing the 16,050-foot (4,892-meter) Vinson Massif.
Credit: National Geographic
Update: Upon summiting the Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December, 2011, Jordan succeeded in his goal to be the youngest person to climb the “Seven Summits”. Well, done Jordan!
More to come…